Shows we can't wait to see! #1

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Splintered - Lagahoo Productions

Splintered is a piece of theatre-cabaret celebrating queerness and the Caribbean, devised from interviews with women in Trinidad and Tobago.

“What you are about to witness, theydies and gentlethem, is a cabaret of truths. This is a show about Caribbean people being queer. In our experience, it is damned hard”

Lagahoo Productions are a New Diorama Emerging Company who specialise in rule-breaking feminism and queer work from the Caribbean and beyond! Headed up by Emily Aboud and Grace Dickson, we can’t wait to see what they’ve made.

Splintered is on at the Bedlam Theatre at 21:30 for the whole festival.

You can also catch a London preview at the Bunker Theatre 28th July 4:30

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Bedlam Theatre (Venue #49) | 21:30 | July 31st - August 25th

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Sexy Lamp - Katie Arnstein

Written and performed by Katie Arnstein, her second solo show Sexy Lamp is a response to the lack of named, speaking, and fully clothed roles for female-identifying actors and was proclaimed “deceptively light, thoroughly entertaining and quite punchy” by Lyn Gardner.

“Brilliantly combining comedy, original songs and storytelling, Sexy Lamp sheds a bright light on how ridiculous the entertainment industry can be and why Katie is refusing to stay in the dark any longer.”

Sexy Lamp won Show of the Week and Pleasance Pick when performed at this year’s Vault Festival.

Sexy Lamp is on at the Pleasance Courtyard at 14:00 for the whole festival.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue #33) | 14:30 | July 31st - August 26th

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Drowning - Dark Lady Co.

Drowning is a brand new play written by Jessica Ross, directed by Steven Roy and executive produced by Carrie-Anne Moss.

“What makes a killer? What makes the yearning for connection and friendship so great that you would do anything? How does a mind justify the most terrifying act? In 1991, four Austrian nurses were charged with murdering 49 patients in their beds, but were suspected of killing up to 200. The world premiere of this blistering new play forces us to confront all we deem evil, horrible, and hideous. Look carefully enough, and we might just see a little bit of ourselves.”

This dramatic thriller set in Lainz, Vienna promises to creep and question and looks perfect for all those obsessed with true crime.

Drowning are also doing some great stuff on twitter collating a list of female centric shows to get #buttsintheseats for #womenoffringe, we’d really recommend giving them a follow and checking out all the shows listed (including ours!)

Drowning is on at the Pleasance Courtyard at 14:30 for the whole festival.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue #33) | 14:30 | July 31st - August 26th

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Photo credit - Louise Spence

Photo credit - Louise Spence

This brazen retelling of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles sees an all-female cast of three welcome the audience into our semi-immersive pub setting to gather and hear the tragic tale of Tess. With a live folk band, shocking new plot twists, and a healthy jolt of feminism, our Tess is fighting to tell her truth – and in this modern day and age, we thought it was about time to have it heard.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Venue #53) | 22:40 | 2nd - 17th August